The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) held its National Conference at the Sandton International Convention Centre, Johannesburg, running from 28 November to 1 December 2016.
The National Conference is held every five years and is attended by senior decision makers in municipalities made up of mayors, speakers, municipal managers and chief financial officers. South Africa has just emerged from its fourth successful democratic municipal elections ushering in a fourth term of democratic, developmental local government.
Speaking at the opening day of the conference, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des Van Rooyen congratulated SALGA and highlighted the associationâ€™s importance in developmental local government.
Minister Van Rooyen also emphasised the need for all levels of government to continue working together. â€œAll spheres of government must gel together and work tirelessly to improve the lives of ordinary South Africans.â€
OnÂ day two of the conference, COGTA Deputy Minister Andries Nel participated in a discussion panel on localising the global agenda where he emphasised the important role the Integrated Urban Development Framework will play in mapping out South Africa’s spatial transformation and urbanÂ future.
You canÂ read the full SpeechÂ by Minister Des Van Rooyen